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Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema

Bluetooth®-capable home theater speaker system

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Overview

Our take on the Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema

Many people feel the world has become too complicated of a place: 40-page manuals. Spaghetti strands of cables. Signals flying through the air. And though we cater to the crowd that likes lots of features too, we here at Crutchfield feel you when you say, "I just want it to sound good, and I don't want to spend 3 hours studying the manual."

Better TV sound, made simple

Many people feel the world has become too complicated of a place: 40-page manuals. Spaghetti strands of cables. Signals flying through the air. And though we cater to the crowd that likes lots of features too, we here at Crutchfield feel you when you say, "I just want it to sound good, and I don't want to spend 3 hours studying the manual."

The Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema has small but powerful satellite speakers

Small but powerful satellite speakers make the Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema a great choice for tight spaces.

As simple as hooking speakers to a PC

You can't find a better combination of slick and simple than this great-sounding speaker/subwoofer system from Boston Acoustics, the SoundWare XS Digital Cinema. It connects easily to almost any TV and delivers a big boost in sound quality, without the need for any other components. Dolby decoding works together with Boston's proprietary virtual surround processing to deliver dramatic surround-like effects using just the two tiny satellite speakers and subwoofer. And the included control pod, which receives commands from the included remote, can learn commands from your existing TV remote, minimizing clutter on your coffee table.

Wireless music streaming

You'll have a whole new perspective on your music library as well. The SoundWare XS Digital Cinema not only has a dedicated music playback mode, but also features Bluetooth® wireless connectivity. Stream and control your music directly from a compatible smartphone, tablet, or media player. Your music will sound nice and full thanks to the 8", front-firing subwoofer.

If you hear brooms on the ceiling...

Spots for two tiny mounting brackets on the wall and a square foot of floor space are all you're going to need for this system, making it perfect for offices, studio apartments, dorm rooms and more. But beware: 250 watts of total power mean the SoundWare XS will be right at home in bigger settings, too. If your landlord calls, it's not our fault. Enjoy thoroughly but responsibly.

Sounds really good for just a 2.1 system! It was a gift for my parents and they really like it.

Les, West Allis, Wi

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Satellite speakers
  • Powered subwoofer
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
  • Control pod (with attached 8' cable terminated by a 9-pin connector)
  • Two 15' lengths of speaker wire (with bare-tinned wire on each end)
  • 10' Optical digital cable
  • 10' Stereo RCA cable
  • 2 Pivoting ball-mount brackets
  • 2 Flat wall-mount brackets
  • 2 Pan-head machine screws (Length=20mm)
  • 8 Pan-head machine screws (Length=7mm)
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber pads
  • Two-sided tape
  • Owner's Manual/Safety Instructions/Compliance Information
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product Registration Card

    Product Highlights:

    • connects to your TV without the need for any additional components
    • selectable movie or music modes
    • digitally optimized 2.1 virtual surround sound
    • includes two ultra-compact diamond-shaped satellite speakers
    • all wired connections (TV and satellite speakers) are made to the powered subwoofer
    • speakers sit on a flat surface, or mount with included articulating brackets at virtually any angle
    • frequency response: 39-20,000 Hz
    • 1/2" dome tweeter and a 2-1/2" woofer on each satellite; 8" front-firing subwoofer
    • supports Bluetooth® 2.1 +EDR, A2DP v1.2 streaming from tablets, smartphones and portable media players
    • system's control pod can learn commands from your existing TV remote
    • credit-card style remote included
    • three inputs: 1 optical digital (with true Dolby® Digital decoding, 1 RCA stereo pair, one 3.5mm minijack for portable media devices
    • 250 watts total system power
    • mounting brackets included for satellite speakers
    • individual satellite speaker dimensions: 4-7/16"W x 4-1/4"H x 4-7/16"D
    • subwoofer dimensions: 9-7/16"W x 9-13/16"H x 12-3/4"D
    • BassTrac® circuitry monitors the audio signal to prevent audible distortion
    • warranty: 5 years speakers, 1 year electronics
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Features and Specs

    General
    Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 3
    Color Black
    Tweeter 0.5" Dome (1)
    Midrange 2.5" Cone (1)
    Woofer None
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 8" Cone
    Features
    Surround Sound Decoding No
    Dialogue Enhancement ---
    Auto Volume ---
    4K Video Compatible No
    HDR Video Compatible ---
    Audio Return Channel ---
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote (IR) ---
    Control by App ---
    Bluetooth Connectivity Yes
    Wi-Fi No
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Surface Mount Stand Included Yes
    Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
    Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Specifications
    System Frequency Response 39Hz-20kHz Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power 250 W (total system)
    Subwoofer RMS Power 250 W (total system)
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs None
    HDMI Outputs None
    USB Port No
    Subwoofer Output 0
    Dimensions
    Sound Bar (inches) 4-1/4H x 4-7/16W x 4-7/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 1 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 9-13/16H x 9-7/16W x 12-3/4D
    Subwoofer Weight 11 lbs

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    Features
    Controls
    Connections
    Mounting Options

    Features

    2.1 Digital Cinema: The Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema home theater system delivers an instant audio performance upgrade for your flat screen TV and comes in a compact package. This 2.1 virtual surround sound system features two diamond-shaped satellite speakers with articulating wall brackets, as well as a powerful subwoofer for deep bass. It also includes two sets of analog AUX inputs for additional sources, dedicated movie and music playback modes, and Bluetooth compatibility for wireless music streaming. The system also includes a convenient credit-card size IR remote control.

    Digital Optimized Virtual Surround (DOVS): Boston's Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround (DOVS) technology makes an authentic cinema surround sound experience possible with just two channels and a subwoofer. DOVS decodes the full, Dolby Digital 5.1 channel audio signal from the source material and applies a proprietary process to derive the ideal 2.1-channel version of the original surround sound mix.

    Dual SoundWare XS Satellites: The Boston Acoustic SoundWare XS Digital Cinema features two matching ultra-compact satellite loudspeakers. The SoundWare XS satellite speakers are incredibly small, yet provide high performance sound. Unlike many satellite speakers, the SoundWare XS satellites are true two-way speakers with a separate mid-bass driver and tweeter that offers a 150Hz to 20kHz frequency response. Each Boston Acoustic SoundWare XS satellite speaker features a high performance 1/2" fabric dome tweeter and a high performance 2-1/2" treated paper mid-bass driver with a rubber surround. The satellite speakers employ an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure for detailed, accurate performance. Each SoundWare XS satellite speaker features a pair of gold-plated spring-loaded speaker terminals that will accept up to 16-gauge speaker wire.

    Powered Subwoofer w/ BassTrac Circuitry: The powered subwoofer is equipped with a 250-watt amplifier which drives the subwoofer and the two connected satellite speakers. The powered subwoofer features a front-firing 8" graphite injected polymer woofer with foam surround, which utilizes Deep Channel Design (DCD) for increased bass response. DCD is a deeply grooved pole plate that enables the voice coil of the subwoofer to travel farther for greater output without bottoming out. The powered subwoofer uses an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure for tight, accurate bass output. The powered subwoofer utilizes BassTrac circuitry for tight, distortion-free bass at all output levels.

    Note: All of the system's connections (analog & digital) are found on the rear-panel of the powered subwoofer.

    Controls

    Music/Movie Playback Modes: With separate movie and music playback modes, you can tailor the sound to suit the content. In movie mode, enjoy crisp, clear movie dialog and powerful cinematic special audio effects; while music mode delivers concert-quality music reproduction. And after you set this option once, the system automatically remembers your setting for next time.

    Remote Control: A credit card-size IR remote is included for setting up and controlling the system. The credit-card remote can also be used to program the system's external IR control pod to your television's remote. After the system is programmed to work from your own TV's remote, the supplied remote can still work as a backup.

    Subwoofer Volume: In addition to the system's main volume control, the powered subwoofer features a separate level control to increase or decrease the system's bass output.

    Auto Power On/Off: The powered subwoofer will turn on automatically when an audio input signal is received and off several minutes after the audio signal stops.

    Connections

    Digital Input: The Boston Acoustic SoundWare XS Digital Cinema is fitted with a digital optical (toslink) input to connect your flat-panel TV. Since there is only one digital input, connect your Blu-ray player & Satellite/Cable box to your television and then connect your TV's digital output to the SoundWare XS Digital Cinema.

    Analog Input: The SoundWare XS Digital Cinema also features a stereo RCA input and stereo minijack input to connect additional analog sources, such as a portable MP3 player.

    Note: All of the system's connections (analog & digital) are found on the rear-panel of the powered subwoofer.

    Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Digital Cinema features built-in Bluetooth (v2.1+EDR) and supports the Bluetooth A2DP (v1.2) profile. The SoundWare XS Digital Cinema system allows you to stream audio from your Bluetooth enabled device; such as your Apple iOS device, Android device, smartphone, tablet, or MP3 player. The Digital Cinema system can be paired to more than one device (although only one such device can play music via Bluetooth at one time). Once you have paired your device, the 2.1ch system will automatically search for available paired devices when you select the unit's Bluetooth input. Typical range is up to 33 feet.

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Boston Acoustic Digital Cinema. 

    AC Power: The included powered subwoofer will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet or surge protector.

    Mounting Options

    Placement: The Boston Acoustic SoundWare XS satellite speakers feature MagnaGuard magnetic shielding which ensures the speaker's magnetic field does not interfere with a television's picture. The Boston Acoustics SoundWare satellites are compact, high performance speakers that can be placed virtually anywhere. Their unique geometric shape & design gives you multiple mounting and placement options, so you can place them on a shelf or mount them on a wall at almost any angle. The supplied mounting hardware allows you to mount the speakers flush against the wall, and the pivoting mounting bracket lets you aim the sound where you want it. Each speaker also includes a 1/4"-20 threaded insert for aftermarket wall-mount brackets or stands, and a tab for attaching a security device.

    Mounting Hardware: Included with each satellite speaker is an assortment of mounting hardware. Two metal keyhole-slot brackets are included; one for a flat wall and one for a corner. If you use a keyhole-slot bracket, you must attach the supplied pivoting ball mount to the speaker. The pivoting ball mount allows the speaker to pivot 20° in either direction and pivot down up to 40° when mounted to a flat wall. The optional corner mount bracket will not allow the speaker to pivot side-to-side. A set screw keeps the speaker from moving once it has been positioned.

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    22 questions already asked

    It depends whether your TV remote is programmable to control other devices. If it is it should control this speaker system. I am using my programmable Harmony 680 remote to control the Boston Acoustic SoundWare XS Digital Cinema speakers in my bedroom. [ RICHARD  Jul 31, 2014 ]
    It depends on the TV and if it supports variable optical output volumes....even if it does you need the Boston remote to change inputs. Or you could get a good universal logitech harmony remote to control everything.including the Boston soundwave which is what I bought them and programmed it as this was a gift for a friend anyhow. [ ANDREW  Jul 26, 2014 ]
    You can program your tv remote to turn it on. You can also have it turn on when the tv turns on. [ ANTOINE  Jul 24, 2014 ]
    I bought this system about a year ago,Brad. As long as your remote is programmable, I would think you could since it is infrared. If not, it is worth it to use two remotes. Its a great sounding system for the price! [ JAMES  Jul 24, 2014 ]
    The optical cable I received is 72" as best I can measure [ WAYNE  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    About 6 ' [ RICHARD W  Jul 13, 2014 ]
    Not sure Eugene as I haven't received the merchandise yet. [ HUBERT  Jul 12, 2014 ]
    Yes,there are several simple ways you can set it up to limit the system to your blu-ray player.One way would be to set TV speaker to on and turn volume down on external speakers. [ JOE C  Apr 02, 2014 ]
    You can connect the system directly to the blueray player. [ JULIO  Apr 01, 2014 ]
    Yes there are several ways to hook up. Very versatile, but fiber optics is the best. [ ANTOINE  Apr 01, 2014 ]
    It depends on the o/p of your TV. If plugging something into "audio out" turns OFF the speakers on the TV you'll need another ioutput. On a Samsung it works just fine. If you want to use the TV speakers just don't turn on the Boston system. Using the Boston system just turn the TV volume all the way down (not mute because it'll show the mute icon). Using it this way it doesn't matter where the signal is coming from to the TV because the Boston only "sees" the TV signal. You can also use bluetooth, provided you have a "smart" BRP. [ KEVIN  Apr 01, 2014 ]
    I don't know,however you'd probably in up preferring the sound of the Bostons.Mark [ MARK A  Apr 01, 2014 ]
    Yes you can, it has different connections, RCA, and blutooth and optical and I think even head phone jack size plug inputs. I'm sure your blue ray player has optical output. This is a cool reliable discreet system. [ MARIO L  Apr 01, 2014 ]
    no, the connectors are dedicated and the amp is smaller than in the 5.1 set, I gave this to a friend as a present [ ANDREW  Mar 29, 2014 ]
    I'm not sure. It sounds like it might work. I just have a normal installaiotn. You should ask the Cruthcfield team. They are very helpful. [ RICARDO  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    I'm not expert on the electronics of it, but I doubt it. The whole set-up is sort of integral to itself and just a little bit fiddly. First thing to do would be to check whether the amp could drive another pair of speakers by calculating the total resistance. (Formula easily found on the net.) For sure, you are not going to get 5.1 sound. The whole point of this system is that it is small and discrete. I will also add that, having used it now for maybe six months, I don't like it as much as a regular old-fashioned amp with display and large volume knob. Controlling the volume is a pain, especially between different functions. [ JONATHAN D  Mar 18, 2014 ]
    I returned the item because it did not meet my expectations in terms of my needs. [ ANGEL A  Mar 18, 2014 ]
    No, this connects direct to the TV. [ MICHAEL D  Feb 04, 2014 ]
    No, It connected to the TV via audio output jacks on back of the TV. [ KARL  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    No, you need to read the description and reviews. [ LLOYD  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    No ,you can connect this speakers directly to a tv with digital output or RCA output [ JORGE A  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    No you do not. This unit is fully self powered. All you need to do is connect your audio sources (optical, RCA, mini or Bluetooth. You control volume via the mini remote. The sound is VERY GOOD! Caution:this unit would not work with my Direct Tv remote thus I need both remotes...big pain...because of this I returned mine. I do miss it. [ Steven  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    No [ LARRY F  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    No reciver needed. Wire connects directly to the subwoofer and also the speakers connect to the subwoofer. [ TOMASZ  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    No, this is a self powered 2.1 speaker system. [ DENISE P  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    I haven't set mine up yet, but I read the manual, and you don't need a receiver. The subwoofer acts as they amplifier/receiver for the two mini-cube speakers. You connect the powered subwoofer to the TV audio out (either by optical cable--6' supplied--or by RCA connectors, also supplied, I think). I ordered an extra long optic cable because of my set-up constraints. This really fits my situation well, just need to get to the house to install it. [ ALBERT  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    No you do not. Just plug in to the back of your tv with an optical audio cable for best sound or you can use RCA cables for older tvs. U can Blue Tooth ur music to it as well from ur ph on tablet or PC/ Laptop. [ AARON  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    You don't need to connect to a receiver but we had trouble connecting directly to the TV, we had to make the connection at the cable box. [ FRANK  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    No sir! It will hook directly to your TV easily. [ JAMES  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    No you do not. All you need is an audio out of your tv. For instance digital or av audio output will do. [ NATHANIEL  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    No [ RICHARD W  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    No, but you need to be sure that you have a digital optical or standard RCA audio output on your TV. If not you can get adapters to convert to either one of those formats that are supported by the speaker system. I had a digital audio RCA output which would require an adapter, but just hooked up to the directv box with the optical cable instead [ Jay  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    No I have mine hooked directly to my TV [ JOHN  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    No you don't need a receiver. I use blue tooth and TV output to power the speakers. The sound is fantastic [ CHRIS  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    There is an extension cable with a dock receiver that you can place in any area you consider viewable by your remote. The extension cable is connected to the main subwoofer. In the description there is the length of the cable so you can evaluate your setup before buying. [ ALFREDO  Feb 20, 2014 ]
    The remote receiver is located in the control pod which connects to the subwoofer via cable. IR remote controller included. Your TV or cable box remote can be programmed to work with the speakers, however, I have not yet done that. [ CORNELIUS  Jan 24, 2014 ]
    The receiver is the oval thing with the green light. All the components, I.e., speakers and receiver, are connected from the subwoofer. Overall, this system is a great replacement for my bulky soundbar. [ Scott  Jan 22, 2014 ]
    The ir receiver connects to the sub via a 6' cable. The receiver can be placed anywhere, and they include adhesive to mount it. I am actually returning the system because I don't want another remote to switch sources. Getting a new receiver instead with normal speakers. [ PETER J  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    The sensor for the remote control is located on the control pod. The control pod is connected to the sub woofer. [ Aaron  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    The ir receiver connects to the sub via a 6' cable. The receiver can be placed anywhere, and they include adhesive to mount it. I am actually returning the system because I don't want another remote to switch sources. Getting a new receiver instead with normal speakers. [ PETER J  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    It's located in the control pod and it is IR. [ Carroll  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    Thank you Susan, good info! [ Lost in America  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Thanks Derek, I was thinking the same thing, but you never know... [ Lost in America  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Haven't done so, but I can see nothing stopping you. Both s and xs speakers are 8 Ohm, similar to hooking up different speakers to one's receiver in the good old days. Should be able to hook up just about any 8 ohm speakers really, might try that tonight with some old BA bookshelf speakers I have, just for fun. Also, if the x vs xs sensitivities are different, you may need to readjust the subwoofer level to balance with the possibly louder or softer "s", but that's the only issue I could foresee. [ SUSAN  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Provided you are using the same standard speaker wire gauge I don't see why not. [ Derek  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Good sound especially for the price. Easy to set up and worked well with my existing remotes. My only complaint is that the LEDs on the remote receiver are very bright and somewhat annoying when turning up the volume. [ Michael  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Yes, if you old TV has a headphone jack (3.4mm) then you can get a cable (3.5mm to 3.5mm)to connect. [ Christopher  Mar 02, 2014 ]
    It depends on whether you have an audio out connection. If you have an audio jack, you will need to get some adapters at Crutchfield or a local electronics store to go from whatever outputs your TV has to the 3.5mm (headphone style) inputs on the XS. [ Peter  Jan 17, 2014 ]
    Yes just need either a digital audio output or RCA outputs. [ Gerald  Jan 17, 2014 ]
    As long as your TV has an audio out you can use this speaker set. This set uses a fiber optic and a analog input (red & white RCA connectors). The instructions are well written and include a fiber optic cable and analog cable to connect to your TV or receiver. [ Michael  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Not sure. I remember old TV sets had only two outputs for speakers, and nothing for subwoofer. This model has an option not to use optic cable but I am not sure how it will fit with older TV. Also, since I did not try it I don't know how the quality of the sounds is going to be. You may just use two speakers with better quality compare to TV set speaker. [ MICHAEL  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    The magnet in the speaker will distort a tube type TV picture if it placed too close to it. Installation manual recommends a minimum of one foot between speaker and tube type TV. [ DONALD  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Yes if it has the red and white audio ports [ Joseph  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    This system was designed in the USA but made in China. Hope this helps. [ George  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    Hi,Seems like everything is made over seas. Designed by BA in the USA then produced in China. That's why they can sell them so cheap. Should not be a reason to not purchase. [ DAVID  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    I'm not sure, but tell you what ... I'm 100% satisfied with its proformance. [ JOHN  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    The Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema Was Quality Manufactured in Peabody Ma. USA!!!.I Am Very Pleased With My Purchase Of This System And I Think It Is Perfect For A Limited Space Or A Bedroom Flat Screen TV. [ Allen  Jan 15, 2014 ]
    According to the back of the sub-woofer: "Made in China. Designed in the USA." [ Vincent  Jan 15, 2014 ]
    China [ TIM F  Jan 15, 2014 ]
    I honestly don't know [ IBAHIM  Jan 15, 2014 ]
    Hello Tom, Thank you for your question. This is a great system for folks looking for improved TV sound and Bluetooth streaming for their music. I really have enjoyed mine. I know that the Boston Acoustic Soundware XS is NOT rated specifically for that environment. I have used indoor components outside for short periods of time and in ideal conditions, however I would hesitate to have them exposed to heavy moisture and/or direct exposure to the elements. If you do choose to use the system in that location, I would advise you to install it in such a way to be able to disconnect and bring the components inside in extreme situations. Hope this has helped. Enjoy! [ WESLEY  Jan 13, 2014 ]
    It should work fine. Don't know about sub. in ceiling. [ WILLIAM  Jan 12, 2014 ]
    You will still have some risk of corrosion of connections over time (yrs) and internal condensation if there is moisture. Just be aware and leave the units accessible to inspection. [ RICHARD  Jan 12, 2014 ]
    10 by 30 is kind of big for this setup, it does have great sound but does not get very loud. [ Scott  Jan 12, 2014 ]
    The primary problem using an indoor product outdoors is the connectors and speaker covers weren't designed for a potential humidity problem. With moisture come corrosion on the terminals and potential moisture issues on the cones of the speakers. It you are confidant you can control the environment then they would last a long time maintenance free. [ Dan  Jan 12, 2014 ]
    No sir. It uses a standard, 110-115 volt ac connector. As used in the USA. If you can get a converter, from 220v to 110v it will work. It is a very nice speaker system. Crutch field may be able to set you up with the proper voltage converter. Good luck sir. [ TODD W  Jan 10, 2014 ]
    I am confident that this, being a 110volt electronic device, 220 would cause damage. The crutchfield customer support team has been very helpful to me in the past and may be able to suggest a power converter that will adapt your country's power to be compatible with this and other 110volt devices. I personally own this particular speaker system and am happy with its performance. It sounds a lot larger than it's footprint would suggest and it has good Bluetooth range. [ BRYAN  Jan 10, 2014 ]
    Yes, I think so. The plug will need some conversion (for shape) but it does show the 110-240 designation on the power supply. [ JOHN  Jan 10, 2014 ]
    Any app that plays media over a smart TV or a Bluetooth enabled tablet or phone will work with the SoundWare XS. [ GREGORY  Jan 10, 2014 ]
    No, it will work with anything that you can connect with Bluetooth connection. i did have trouble streaming Pandora to the iPad, then to the system. Pandora would freeze after each song. Prerecorded songs on the iPad would stream with no problem, [ Steve  Jan 10, 2014 ]
    Anything will work through this system via Bluetooth or your input source. I use Tivo, Apple TV, or a blu ray player, even my ipad using Air Stream, or an iPhone. It's a great system for the price. [ DENNIS  Jan 09, 2014 ]
    Yes, if you have your smart tv set up to receive Pandora. You may also access Pandora if you have Directv ,or certain blue ray players [ Michael  Jan 09, 2014 ]
    My son has loved this system, since receiving for Christmas, and has it working with iPhone, Xbox, DVD player and tv. The sound is wonderful for the price and he is well pleased. [ CRAIG  Jan 09, 2014 ]
    I have this and personally haven't used pandora on it. I have streamed Itunes radio from my ipad and iphone with no problems. Also music that is on my ipad as well. [ GREGORY D  Jan 09, 2014 ]
    The system is equipped with Bluetooth and will in fact play other music apps other then Pandora. I have usedit with my music on my iPhone, ipod, and iheartradio. Hope this helps! [ Matt  Jan 09, 2014 ]
    well yes it can, the soundware xs.... has an RCA and Digital Optical cables input to which you can connect whatever you want and get excellent sound. what you have to regulate is the output volume of the receiver and the output volume of the soundware xs...so you dont create a distortion...the best option I can give you is to connect whatever is you want to connect directly to the boston acoustics soundware xs.... the sound that this unit produces its simple superb. I have connected my laptop via bluetooth, my ps3 via digital optcial cable and still have the RCA input to connect whatever else i want. [ GUILLERMO A  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Yes it can,all you need is RCA cables,just connect from the RCA outputs on your receiver to the RCA inputs on the unit. I currently have an outboard CD changer hooked up now. [ HILARY M  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Yes. All you need is an optical cable. The sound is incredible. You're going to love the system. [ ROBERT  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Yes u can plug in a cd player.it comes w an audio input.but I used mine as Bluetooth for my I phone . I love it a lot [ AURELIO  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Yes. But you will have to unhook another input if you already have to 2 sources like blue-ray and satellite receiver. [ Matthew  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    I think this system works with any type of audio device, but the product is designed to add better sound from a tv without having to use a theater amplifier. The unit is pretty slick for the price. If your receiver is Bluetooth that would be a really neat way to set this system up. [ ERIC  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    I did not hook mine up to a receiver but directly to a DVD player. It comes with an optical audio cable, so if your receiver has an optical audio out, it should work fine. If you don't have optical out, you can use standard RCA audio cords and utilize the AUX IN jacks. Be sure to utilize the surround sound mode in the audio set up instead of stereo mode... It produces a much better sound quality. You can also stream Blue Tooth audio from your phone or other device with apps such as Pandora or ITunes. [ KEVIN  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    I have not tried it yet, I would check your receiver to see if it has an RCA output. If so you an use the AUX 1 input on the speaker system. [ EMANUEL  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Yes there are connections for the rca cables. But Jim contact the specialist which are the Crutchfield's team. Hope this helps! [ MARYEVA  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    I would think it could be. There are coaxial inputs/outputs on back of bass module. Not only do I use this unit for home theatre sound, but I stream music from my iPod/ipad with Bluetooth. This is the second unit I have purchased for my house and you will not find anything that will come close to producing this big of sound for the money. My father in law has a Bose unit that cost around $1200 and he said be made a big mistake after hearing the Boston Acoustics Soundware XS. [ MITCHELL  Jan 08, 2014 ]
    Hi James: I have the speakers being used with a Sony 42 inch TV in a room that is 30x20 with 10ft ceilings and they produce a sharp sound, especially the base. "Top Gun" was great watching as were other action movies while recovering from knee replacement. [ HENRY A  Jan 03, 2014 ]
    Personally, if I had a dedicated theater room I would look for a bigger system than this one... [ CHARLES  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    My room is large,so not sure how it would do in small rroom.Sub is kind of lame ,speakers are really small,but sound good.i purchased because space over fireplace is limited,also see price has come down.Personally if space is not an issue I would keep looking. [ JOE C  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    It's a solid overall system and sound like it would meet you needs since you don't need anything too crazy. [ MARK  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    I purchased this system for a 11x13 room which is not a dedicated theater room nor soundproofed and it sounds incredible. I would choose this system vs. a Bose 2.1 system . Simplicity along with sound quality makes this a perfect setup for anyone wanting upgraded sound compared to a sound bar and with taking up little space. This system being on sale makes this a easy decision as I had purchased this to replace my old setup which was with 2 tower speakers and a receiver, I cannot get over how much sound such a compact system can produce. [ JOHNATHON  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    If your not looking to blow the roof off, then this is a good unit. Since your room is sound proof it will sound good. [ RICARDO  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    The system is quite good and fills a medium sized room very well, especially when used through a music video like our 'Eagles Live In Melbourne' DVD. Very impressive. However, through normal TV programming it doesn't seem as clear and defined, even a little muddy, which may be the TV's fault. [ PAUL R  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    Excellent sound. I have it in my bedroom. Which measures 20.by 30. Always being told to t urn it, down. Hope this helps. [ MARSHA  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    This product would be a good purchase given it's sale price. I use mine for a bedroom TV in a bedroom that's approximately the size you mentioned and was also looking for something simple that would provide better sound than the TV's built-in speakers. The IR receiver is somewhat cheap-looking compared to the Bose Cinemate, but if looks don't matter, and you're looking to save a little cash, this will suit you quite well. [ MICHAEL  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    James- We (my wife and I) purchased this set up for a guest bedroom (12'x14') with a 42 inch flat screen. Before setting it up there I hooked it up to our 60" LED in our family room(14'x25' w/normal ceilings and opening into the kitchen....) to see how it would handle the larger room. Have been using it for about a week, watching several action movies, bowl games and regular programming. I gotta say it has been a pleasant surprise. Seems to fill the room with sound w/out straining and several times during the movies and games sounds/crowd effects seemed to originate outside the width of speaker placement. Upper mid (voices) range is particularly clear over that of the television speakers. Very easy to set up and utilize. Cubes able to be placed anywhere with their size and shape. If it can handle the present room it'll be perfect for our second room situation. Sounds like you understand its limitations-don't think you'll be disappointed. Happy New Year! [ WALLACE A  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    Very good high's, mid range is a little weak but okay, bottom limited on volume and 'kick' but covers the low range spectrum fairly well. Overall: good quality of sound just not a lot of it. In fairness, I am listening most often to a very large B & W Sub that can scare the dickens out of you if you want it too. :) Hope that helps. Happy New Year. [ LARRY L  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    I am pretty satisfied with it. The sound is decent although not always as loud as I want it. My wife thinks it is plenty loud enough, though! The remote sensor is working fine with two other remotes - one for a Samsung TV and the other for the cable box DVR. It is kind of inconvenient to have to use just the BA remote to change the sound back and forth from movie to music, but I do like the difference and maybe will one day figure out how to train my other remotes. I had a defective unit that I sent back when I first got this. Company was quick and no questions asked. Second unit looks and works great. Plenty of cable, good position on connections, easy to place. For the money, I think it was a worthwhile purchase and I am happy with the quality of the sound. [ DAVID  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    No. It's a standalone system. Perfect for a bedroom TV. [ Kevin  Dec 31, 2013 ]
    Not sure. I like them as a front pair and subwoofer. Good deal at this price. [ CHARLES D  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    The two satelite cubes do have standard speaker wire connections, so as long as you're sending power to them, you should be able to use them as rears. Not sure how the sub woofer would play into that. [ Paul  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    You probably could use these as rears but I would want a matched set of speakers in a 5.1 surround setup. [ KARL  Dec 26, 2013 ]
    I just recently received this system and easily hooked it up. You could hook it up as rear speakers for your 5.1 and I think you would be amazed at the great sound this small system produces! [ JAMES  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    Don't know -haven't opened it yet. [ KEVIN  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    Yes I would think so, the speakers put out excellent sound and you would not be disappointed [ JOHN  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    Yes, but not powered by this set up. You'd just have to use them with a 5.1 receiver. This system is designed to run through an amp in the subwoofer itself that drives the sub and the two mini-speakers. It really isn't designed to work with a 5.1 system. Albert [ ALBERT  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    Yes you can! But will they be the best match that is up to certain system you will be adding these too. [ NATHANIEL  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    Yeah, I dont see why not..the satellite speakers are independent speakers. [ MICHAEL  Dec 24, 2013 ]
    Thank you all for answering my question! Getting one! [ John  Dec 17, 2013 ]
    Yes, you can connect via digital out, providing it's an optical connection, not coaxial - no coax digital input. Or you can use one of two analog inputs on the unit. Would make an excellent desktop system - use mine with television in a rather large room, and sounds quite good, if not exceptionally loud, due to room size. [ Jon  Dec 17, 2013 ]
    You absolutely can! I picked this unit up for my computer exclusively. I have it connected through the analog output and also use it to stream via Bluetooth from my iPad. Great sound quality! [ CARLOS D  Dec 17, 2013 ]
    If your computer has toss link output, use the digital input, else, the subwoofer has a set of RCA inputs, and you'll be all set. B/A includes both cables. [ Michael  Dec 17, 2013 ]
    Yes, you can connect it to your computer by using the headphone jack from your computer to the 3.5mm jack on the back of the bass unit. (Aux 2 input), just like you would an iPod. [ Peter  Dec 17, 2013 ]
    Not sure, but I don't see why bot if you at least have the red and white audio cables. [ Scott  Dec 17, 2013 ]
    Yes there is multiple ways to connect. Two aux inputs, and a digital input. The aux input is a stereo audio input and a 3.5 mm miniplug input [ Joseph  Dec 17, 2013 ]
    Great and helpful answer. You talked me into it. [ Grismac  Dec 17, 2013 ]
    I am very happy with the purchase. There is a problem in getting the system to link up with the Bluetooth ability but when it gets pared it works great. It is much less expensive than the Bose system but I would say it sounds as good. If weight of the speaker system shows some quality these meet that standard. I would recommend this system to my friends. [ EDMUND  Dec 17, 2013 ]
    Sorry, but I can't be of much help. It was a Christmas present for my daughter's children and she hasn't installed it yet. And of course I won't have any way to compare it with the other one even when she does. One tidbit I can pass on is that I do like the idea of it not having a wireless connection to the subwoofer or to the other speakers. I have found in my own house that my wireless subwoofer signal tends to interfere with the wif signal carrying the internet connection between my router and my computers and smart phones. Best of luck on it though, Burke [ BURKE  Dec 16, 2013 ]
    The Boston Acoustic's sound is very good, especially for the price. I'm not familiar with the Bose system. [ Shelby  Dec 16, 2013 ]
    For the price: $540.00 for the Bose Cinemate system how does the sound quality compare to $180.00 for the Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema? The Bose system cost 3 times the Boston Acoustics system if purchased from Crutchfield. With that in mind you might expect the Bose system to be superior. It is not. The Boston Acoustics system connects to your TV or computer like the Bose system but the Boston Acoustics system features Bluetooth wireless connectivity so you can listen to the music on your iPhone, iPad, or android device. The Bose system does not. The Boston system specifications are listed :System Frequency Response: 39Hz-20kHz, Total System Power 250 Watts. The Bose system specifications for frequency response and power is not listed. The Warrantee for the Bose system is 1 year, the Boston system is 5 years. Oh yes and the sound quality of the Boston system in my opinion is much better than the Bose system. I bought the Boston system for our break room at work. My co-workers were impressed. So far I have purchased 8 Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Digital Cinema systems for friends at work and for my son and daughter. The score so far is Boston Acoustics 8, Bose 0. [ Ronald  Dec 16, 2013 ]
    I don't own Bose Cinemate system. I have tried to use it to listen music via Bluetooth, but was not impressed with the quality of the sound. [ MICHAEL  Dec 16, 2013 ]
    Honestly it's like asking between the quality of a Mercedes and a Honda. That being said, the sound is surprisingly amazing for how compact it is. I use it in my media room and am thoroughly impressed. [ Derek  Dec 16, 2013 ]
    I haven't heard the Bose. I assume its in a total different price category. This system is way better than just tv audio. It's perfect for an enclosed room. In my small house with an open foyer, living room, dining room, and kitchen all with vaulted ceilings the bass is not enough. Other than that its pretty impressive for the size. Mids and highs sound clear. Tv dialog is much better. I enjoy iTunes with the blu tooth. [ CURTIS  Dec 16, 2013 ]
    I can't comment on this comparison because I haven't had the chance to experience the Cinemate sound. I could say that, for the price, you can't go wrong with the Boston system. It is certainly is a good buy. [ EDWIN  Dec 16, 2013 ]
    Not wireless. It is connected to the satellite speakers and the audio source. [ TIMOTHY K  Dec 17, 2013 ]
    It is connected to the speakers. [ ANGEL  Dec 15, 2013 ]
    Hello Barry . I'm not sure if I'm the one to ask that question. I haven't had time to really play with it. I hooked up to the subwoofer just to hear how it sounds. It sounds great but like i said before. Iv been really busy working. [ JOE  Dec 14, 2013 ]
    It's wired. They are connected to the satellite speakers. [ M  Dec 14, 2013 ]
    The speakers are wired to the subwoofer. [ GARY E  Dec 14, 2013 ]
    The satellites and remote sensor are all wired to terminals on the back of the sub [ ALBERT J  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    Sub is NOT wireless. It is the main wiring point for the system. Audio input, remote module & sattelite speaker all get wired to the sub. Along with incoming power. [ Matthew  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    Barry, the sub is connected to the satellite speakers, great sounding system. [ WILLIAM E  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    No, it's all wired [ CHRISTOPHER S  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    The sub woofer is connected, it has a power cord, optical or RCA connection and the satellite speaker wires. [ DAVID  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    Hi Barry It's wired, the sound quality is awesome! [ JOHN  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    It's connected [ CHAD  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    It's connected & not wireless but great sound at a very affordable price [ TERENCE C  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    The sub woofer is connected to the TV fiber optic output and provides power to each of the two speakers with wires. The sub woofer is the audio processor and amp all in one unit. [ MICHAEL  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    The sub is not wireless. It is a powered sub, both small speakers connect to the sub. [ KYLE  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    It's not wireless. The speakers hook up to the back of the sub as does the control pod. [ ENRIQUE  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    Barry- Though the pic makes it appear that the satellites are wireless, they are not. Boston Acoustics supplies about 15 feet of wire fore each satellite but recommends that they be separated by perhaps 10-12 feet. [ DONALD G  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    Yes you can place the system in an adjoining room 30 ft. away but you'll need a very long optical cable or RCA patch cables to hookup to the TV. It may cost a few dollars to find cables the length you need but it's possible. I would suggest you do a little research online to see where. [ DAVID  Dec 15, 2013 ]
    They could but you would b have to splice some additional speaker wire. Not sure how it would sound with the sub being that far away. This is not the greatest system in the world. [ CRAIG E  Dec 12, 2013 ]
    John, thanks for this clarification. Mike [ Mike  Dec 12, 2013 ]
    I believe they can - but the limitations would be 1) Possible loss of direct line of sight to the remote receiving unit 2) the loss of signal over the length of the speaker wire and 3) controlling the volume for the unit from the remote. The input post size for the satellite speakers may limit you to smaller gauge wire than would be efficient for a long stretches and the more wire you run, the more likely you are to get interference. [ JOHN  Dec 11, 2013 ]
    The front speakers are wired, if you have enough wire you could locate in another room. [ DON  Dec 11, 2013 ]
    I think so. The speakers use standard speaker wires. I'm not sure how long the wires are that ships with the product, but you could provide your own wires of any length. [ SEAN  Dec 11, 2013 ]
    You could do that, but why. By doing that, you would loose the effectiveness of the subwoofer. Plus the amp is probably not powerful enough, to move the sound that far. Also the remote will have to be used by the sub. The sensor module as everything else plugs into the sub. The complete system will enhance any tv. In most rooms. And the best thing is that the price has been reduced , even more than when I bought it. Now it is only 179.99 . It is well worth it. Good luck . [ TODD W  Dec 11, 2013 ]
    Yes it can with no problem [ JACOB  Dec 09, 2013 ]
    Yes, works fine. Just be careful to turn down the volume switch before you go back to TV. [ LEO A  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    Yes [ ADRIAN  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    You can connect to this system via Bluetooth. However, you will need to make connections from the control pod to the satellite speakers. You will also need to make physical connections to any source that does not use Bluetooth. [ Jeff  Nov 27, 2013 ]  Staff
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